Photo by David Hamilton, scanned from La Jeune Fille: 1978, French Edition, Laffont, France.
Arena #7 (Bears) (1990) Stuffed animals on blanket
Stuffed toys, especially dolls, lend themselves to invisibility. When you look at a doll, you don’t notice its particularities. Rather, you see it in a general way as “human”… It is this projective relationship with the doll that allows us to empathize with it. If you were to see the doll as an exact model of a figure, as a portrait statue, empathy would be impossible – it would be seen as a monstrosity. – Mike Kelley